Sunday, February 3, 2008

Judge Not

June 17th reading from My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers

"Judge not, that ye be not judged." Matthew 7:1

Jesus says regarding judging - Don't. The average Christian is the most penetratingly critical individual. Criticism is a part of the ordinary faculty of man; but in the spiritual domain nothing is accomplished by criticism. The effect of criticism is a dividing up of the powers of the one criticized; the Holy Ghost is the only One in the true position to criticize, He alone is able to show what is wrong without hurting and wounding. It is impossible to enter into communion with God when you are in a critical temper; it makes you hard and vindictive and cruel, and leaves you with the flattering unction that you are a superior person. Jesus says, as a disciple cultivate the uncritical temper. It is not done once and for all. Beware of anything that puts you in the superior person's place.

There is no getting away from the penetration of Jesus. If I see the mote in your eye, it means I have a beam in my own. Every wrong thing that I see in you, God locates in me. Every time I judge, I condemn myself (see Romans 2:17-20). Stop having a measuring rod for other people. There is always one fact more in every man's case about which we know nothing. The first thing God does is to give us a spiritual spring-cleaning; there is no possibility of pride left in a man after that. I have never met the man I could despair of after discerning what lies in me apart from the grace of God.

Have a beautiful day!

~ Sharon


Jan Parrish said...

"Beware of anything that puts you in the superior person's place."

This is good stuff, Sharon. We need to learn to walk and grace like our Father does.

Hootin' Anni said...

Just dropping by to tell you I have a little something for showing appreciation to you today. On my Sunday Blogging...[you'll have to scroll down beyond my 'dream-scape' diary entry.]

Happy day to you!!

SweetAnnee said...

I am a sinner..and I have a story..and when I see
others I know tis not for me to judge.. I just need to love them and embrace their story.

For all have sinned & fall short of the glory of
God.. dear friend..
God loves ALL of us


Sarah said...


Kelley said...

Oh my goodness!
Double amen to that!
I have always been taught that we should be busy working on our own faults and that it should keep us plenty busy, actually so busy we don't have time to look for others!

Have a blessed day!

Velvia said...

Hi Sharon!
Wonderful post! I love "My Utmost for His Highest", I read it every morning during my quiet time. It's an excellent devotional, I am always convicted and/or challenged when I read it. Have a great Sunday!
Love, Velvia

Mrs Lavender said...

Oh that we would see others with the eyes of Christ and be filled with His love.

Anonymous said...

Amen! And praise the Lord!


Joy =)

Denise said...

Oh my gosh.. is that truth right from the Word...... I have been subject to terrible judgement and when getting back up on my feet from the blows... I am always stronger and always humbled.... We have all sinned and come short of the Glory of God...... and what measure we judge He judges us..OUCH..

Great Post..... just great

jennifer said...

Sharon this post is like a healing balm to me. When I am around my father, like I have been today, my nerves are raw. It's because of what you just wrote about basically. Christians are brutal when it comes to other Christians. Gosh we judge! It's like the scripture about 'judging by one's fruit' made us feel like we had free reign to judge as we want to. NO, this is not so. My very first post, "I Believe", was written because of my feeling about my father. But God took those hurt and angry feelings, and gave me something good - blogging! I praise him for that and for the Godly people I have encountered...Like you! Jennifer

Also, I am adding you to my links list tonight, if you don't mind.

Candy :) said...

I cant even tell ya how touched I was to see that you have my blog listed on your daily reads. Awww, thanks so much!!! That means alot :)Your my daily read too. I *LOVE* your blog!


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